Common Questions About First Alert Hardwired Smoke Alarms

Where should I be installing hardwired smoke alarms?

You should be placing smoke alarms at least 20 ft. from appliances such as furnaces and ovens as these produce combustion particles. Smoke detectors should also be at least 10 ft. from high humidity areas such as bathrooms (with showers) and laundry rooms. Heating and AC vents are also capable of disrupting smoke alarms, so you’ll generally want to place them at least 3 ft. away from them. As for actual locations, it’s generally recommended that smoke alarms be installed inside each bedroom (or area where people usually sleep), just outside of bedrooms and on every level of a home. This would include basements.

Why should I replace my smoke alarms every 10 years?

Every smoke alarm in your home has an expiration date. It’s something that all homeowners should be aware of as smoke and fire protection is only available with an active alarm. If you’re unsure of the time remaining on your smoke alarm, there’s an easy way to check its viability. Most smoke detectors will feature a manufacturer date printed on the back of the alarm. If it’s more then 10 years old, it’s time to replace the smoke detector. The same applies to carbon monoxide alarms. It should be noted that most co alarms expire after 7 years.

Why does my smoke alarm randomly chirp?

There can be a few factors at play here. A low battery can be responsible as the smoke detector is alerting you that it’s time for a replacement. It can also be caused by batteries being placed incorrectly in the alarm. Another common reason is when the battery drawer is left slightly open. Similarly, a battery pull-tab that’s still in place can be causing the disruption. The chirping can also be caused by pressing the silence button by mistake. This will cause your smoke alarm to chirp once a minute for up to 15 minutes before resetting.

Why should I choose a hardwired smoke alarm?

First Alert Hardwired Smoke Detectors are easy to setup as they plug into your home’s preexisting system. All First Alert Hardwired Smoke Alarms come equipped with a battery backup that will continue to operate in the event of a power outage. The added ability to interconnect hardwired smoke detectors to one another adds multiple avenues to explore when creating a personalized smoke, fire and carbon monoxide defense system.

Does First Alert offer hearing impaired alarms?

Yes, First Alert Alarms equipped with LED strobe lights are available for online purchase. All First Alert Hearing Impaired Alarms meet UL Standards while fulfilling the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act. Hearing impaired alarms with LED strobe lights have also been recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). First Alert Strobe Lights can be interconnected with other hardwired detectors setup throughout your home. Hardwired Strobe Light Alarms can operate independently or be interconnected with other hardwired alarms for increased protection.

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